Social Security and Disability Law

Gloucester County Man Admits Stealing over $200,000 in Social Security and Medicaid Benefits

June 11, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man admitted today that he defrauded the government of more than $200,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Dennis Gaudette, 72, of Franklinville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Christine…

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Guatemalan National Sentenced to Prison and Deportation for Fraudulent Use of Social Security Number and Improper Entry into U.S.

June 10, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Guatemala has been sentenced in federal court to three months of incarceration to be followed by immediate deportation after pleading guilty to fraudulently using a social security number and improper entry into the United States by an alien, United States…

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New Bedford Man Charged With Stealing Over $450,000 in Veterans’ Disability Benefits

June 10, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts BOSTON – A New Bedford man has been charged with stealing over $450,000 in disability benefits issued by the United States Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) intended for a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).   Joseph Smith, 71, was…

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Louisiana Man Faces Prison for Threatening SSA Employee

June 5, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Threatening Letter Results in 20-Month Sentence of Incarceration A Louisiana man was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to sending threatening communications to an SSA employee. According to court documents, James Gantt, age 55, received a 20-month prison sentence after he wrote and mailed a letter threatening injury to an Social…

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Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Scheme that Defrauded Social Security Administration

June 4, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TROVOY DIXON, 31, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vernon D. Oliver in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for laundering criminal proceeds of…

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Elmo man admits Social Security fraud, theft charges for collecting deceased mother’s benefits and not reporting proceeds from dog grooming business

May 29, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana MISSOULA — An Elmo man accused of illegally receiving federal benefits by collecting his deceased mother’s Social Security payments and by not disclosing his assets, including proceeds from a dog grooming business, admitted to fraud and theft charges today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. The defendant, Gerry…

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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to Cares Act Fraud, False Statements to the IRS, and Theft of Government Funds

May 29, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that TAMIKA CHAPPELL (“CHAPPELL”), age 40, of New Orleans, LA, pleaded guilty on May 23, 2024 before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier to three-counts, including making false statements related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…

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St. Louis County Man Accused of Pandemic, Disability Fraud

May 23, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A man from St. Louis County, Missouri has been accused in an indictment of fraudulently obtaining $620,000 in COVID-19 pandemic loans and committing a separate fraud involving disability payments. Preston Randall, 59, was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis May 15…

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Winter Garden Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Aggravated Identity Theft

May 23, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Michael Barrington Douglas (52, Winter Garden) to two years and one day in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for aggravated identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number. As…

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to SSA Bomb Threat

May 21, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SSA Office Evacuated Due to Hoax by Disgruntled Recipient Atlanta – Keyon Tishaye Dickens, 38, a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient, who threatened employees at the Social Security Administration (SSA) field office in Augusta, Georgia, pled guilty to Using a Telephone to Make a Threat to Injure a Person or Damage a…

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